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CORY HOWES

Cory Howes is North Carolina-born and bred, and he brings to his work both education and practice in the law, as well as a keen financial mind developed from his experience advising individuals and business in the areas of tax, investments and insurance, and employee benefits.

Born in Raleigh and raised on a Johnston County farm, Cory’s family eventually settled in Orange County, where he graduated from Chapel Hill High School. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University in 1999, Cory embarked upon a career as a financial advisor and employee benefits consultant.

At the onset of his career, Cory assisted individuals and families with financial planning, insurance, and investments. He also worked with companies to design and implement employee benefits programs, as well as executive compensation plans. After working for several years in tandem with a variety of attorneys, Cory caught the legal bug and went back to law school in 2005.

While studying at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, Cory served as managing editor of the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business and worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Upon his graduation in 2008, Cory received the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Award.

After beginning his legal career at a litigation firm in Raleigh, Cory opened Howes Law, PLLC, where he focuses on Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, and Business Planning. Cory is a member of WealthCounsel, LLC, a national organization of estate and business planning attorneys who freely share their knowledge and experience. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association, and the Wake County Estate Planning Council.

Cory enjoys spending time with his wife, Lindsay, and their Irish Setter, Clover, as well as his extended family in the Triangle area. He loves to play basketball and golf, and he enjoys cooking, reading, camping, skiing and snowboarding.

Mr. Howes has been admitted to the North Carolina Bar and the Virginia Bar.

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KIERA MAGNUS

Kiera Magnus delivers top-quality service to Howes Law clients in her role as an estate planning, probate and trust administration paralegal. Her number one focus is on the client experience, working through each engagement to ensure our clients have a remarkable experience with our firm. She works closely with Cory and our clients on the implementation and funding of estate plans and stewarding estates through the administration process. Kiera also handles a multitude of administrative functions.

Kiera graduated from the Paralegal Studies Program at Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland Community College. During her time at Westmoreland, Kiera interned with a leading estate planning practice in the area. Her professional experience includes paralegal stints working with attorneys in the areas of Litigation, Immigration, and Estate Planning.

In her down time, Kiera enjoys playing board games and listening to music. In addition, she fancies herself a connoisseur of all things Marvel and DC.